Miami, where do I begin? As I type this I’m back to solo traveler mode because guess what? I loved this city so much that I decided to extend my stay by myself. I was lucky enough to be introduced to this beautiful city by WOW air & Miami and Beaches, accompanied by a lovely bunch of bloggers: Greta’s Travels, Heroine In Heels and Carlie Tasker.
Our trip to Miami got off to a cold but beautiful start with a short stopover in snowy Iceland. That’s where all WOW air flights to the US fly from. Flight are very affordable starting from £139 one way.
Miami is the perfect combination of everything that I like in a city. Think of a mixture between Los Angeles’ beaches and New York’s big city vibe. The city is vibrant, colourful, creative and full of beautiful Latin influence. There were time I questioned whether I was in the states or in Cuba. During my stay in Miami I saw so much in a short period of time that made me fall in love with the city. Here are my top things to do in Miami:
1: ART DECO TOUR & SOUTH BEACH
A walk along Ocean Drive will take you through different eras of Miami. You’ll find buildings in Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival and Miami Modern architecture styles. Each style offers a unique look, making the area so interesting to explore. You can walk on your own or alternatively take a tour with Miami Design Preservation League for a better historical overview of the district. Ocean Drive was exactly what I had pictured it to be in my head. You just have to see it for yourself.
The art deco district is also right next to South Beach so you can combine your sightseeing with a beach day.
2: WYNWOOD ON A BIKE
Wynwood to Miami is what Shoreditch and Brick Lane is to London, but times that by ten. You ain’t seen hipster until you’ve seen Wynwood. If you’re a graffiti lover I’m sure you’ve heard of Wynwood walls, a collection of walls containing world class street art. There’s so much more to Wynwood than the walls though. Around every corner of this district there’s art to be discovered. That’s why hiring a bike is a lot more fun. We saw Wynwood with Miami’s Best Graffiti Guide who gave us a tour of the hidden gems around Wynwood beyond the walls. You can rent Citi Bikes, similar to our Boris Bikes, where you pick them up and drop them off at the closest bike station. Don’t forget to check out Wynwood Yard as well on a weekend.
Leather look ripped jeans from Joe’s Jeans.
3: ESPANOLA WAY
Española Way was probably my favourite street that I came across in Miami. This tucked away street behind Ocean Drive is filled with restaurants, bars and coloured buildings. On a weekend it’s absolutely buzzing. We visited Tapas Y Tintos for some traditional Spanish food as well as live music. Grab yourself a mojito or sangria and enjoy the atmosphere!
4: LITTLE HAVANA
With so much Cuban influence in Miami, you can not visit without seeing Little Havana. It truly feels like you’re in Cuba! We went on a tour with Urban Adventures Miami and got to try everything from Cuban coffee, fresh sugarcane juice, empanadas to mojitos! Other highlights in Little Havana apart from the food were the domino park and cuban cigar shops. This little gem has made a visit to Havana high on my priority list.
5: MUSEUM PARK BY BISCANE BAY
Biscane Bay is a beautiful area in downtown where you can enjoy museums as well as nice tropical scenery next to the water. I’m usually not a fan of museums but thought Philipp and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (Frost Science) was one worth visiting. I enjoyed the aquarium in particular and the underwater views you get from the lower levels. Miami is a city well known for it’s art so Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is also a great option in the area.
These places are just the tip of the iceberg! Stay tuned for my Youtube video and my posts on where to eat & where to stay in Miami. What are your top things to do in Miami?